Man arrested for fondling girl at store

March 31, 2009 9:54:40 AM PDT
A Philadelphia man has been arrested after police say he fondled a 12-year-old girl at an IKEA store in Plymouth Township, Pa.The suspect, 27-year-old James Groesbeck of Belmont Avenue, was arrested after police say he grabbed the girl's buttocks.

Investigators say it happened around 4:20 p.m. on Monday as the victim, a friend, and the victim's mother were shopping at IKEA. They told police they noticed a man, later identified by police as Groesbeck, who seemed to be following them around the store.

The mother said she moved the girls around the store to avoid contact with Groesbeck.

The victim says he was shopping near the registers when Groesbeck walked past her and grabbed her buttocks. She alerted her mother, who was standing next to her.

Investigators say Groesbeck then asked the mother, "Do you want me to touch you, too?"

Police say the mom then alerted an IKEA sales associate, who called police. A store security officer tried to keep Groesbeck from leaving, but he allegedly pushed the officer out of the way, and fled the scene in a silver Honda. However, police say security was able to get the vehicle registration.

A warrant was issued, and Groesbeck was arrested.

Groesbeck was arraigned, and bail was set at $100,000. He was unable to post bail, and was sent to the Montgomery County Correction Facility until his preliminary hearing scheduled for April 7th.

Police want to know if there are more victims out there. Anyone with information is asked to call the Plymouth Township Police Detective Division at 610-279-1900

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